Divorce Mediation Process

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What is Divorce Mediation?

Divorce mediation involves the negotiation of child custody and support, division of assets, and alimony between both parties to the divorce and a neutral mediator. Mediation tends to be a less combative and more cooperative process, and may be court-ordered, chosen by the couple, or a natural progression from an early neutral evaluation.

Divorce mediation lawyers can advise both parties to the divorce of the best plan of action and negotiation scheme before beginning the process, and in turn, can benefit both spouses, often leading to a quicker settlement.

What Are the Advantages of Divorce Mediation?

The many advantages of divorce mediation may include:

Concerns about Divorce Mediation

Though divorce mediation tends to be much simpler than going to court, most people have questions on how it works, such as:

What is the Status of a Mediation Divorce Settlement?

If a mediation divorce settlement contract is drafted and signed, it can be legally binding and used as proof in court proceedings, if necessary. If the mediation does not reach a final agreement, it will remain non-binding, as the mediator cannot file divorce documents. Lawyers, however, can file the documents, and mediators tend to work alongside them as part of the mediation process.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Divorce Mediation?

Consulting a family law attorney who has experience in divorce mediation can be quite beneficial to your best interests. He or she can offer guidance on negotiations, assist you on developing a plan of action, and prepare final divorce paperwork after the mediation process comes to a conclusion.

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Last Modified: 09-22-2017 10:49 AM PDT

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